Minnesota Back At Home
Oct. 10, 2013
The University of Minnesota men's swimming and diving teams will continue their non-conference season this weekend as the University of Florida comes to compete at the University Aquatic Center. The second home dual of the year for the Golden Gophers, the Minnesota men are coming off a 190-95 win over the Arizona State Sun Devils last Saturday Oct. 5 to put them 1-0 in the 2013-14 season. The meet against Florida is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 11:00 a.m. CT.
With the dual, the Florida Gator's men will officially begin dual-meet competition. On Sept. 27-29 they competed at home in the Pinch A Penny All Florida Invitational where they faced teams such as: Florida State University, University of Miami, Nova Southeastern, North Florida, Southern Florida, and Florida Gulf Coast. The Gators won their fourth consecutive Invitational by claiming victories in 10 out of the 12 events.
This match-up marks only the fifth time in history that the Minnesota and Florida men have faced each other. This will be the third home meet for the Gophers versus Gators competition. The University of Florida currently holds a 3-1 record over the Gophers. The two teams first faced each other in a single dual back on Oct. 30, 2003 where the Gators beat Minnesota 123-120 in Minnesota's home pool. The remaining dual meets were as follows:
Oct. 29, 2004 at Florida: L, 147-153
In Minnesota's home-opening meet against Arizona State University the Gopher men went nearly undefeated in all events. With only losing a first-place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke, the team began the season with a very strong start. Returning Co-Captain Derek Toomey won three out of his four events which included the 500 freestyle (19.99), 200 medley relay (1:29.27), and the 200 freestyle relay (1:23.08).
Minnesota continues their non-conference competition by already earning Big Ten honors. Freshman Daryl Turner was awarded Swimmer of the Week on Oct. 8 by winning all four of his events in his debut meet as a Golden Gopher. Diver Manny Pollard also received Diver of the Week after winning both the one-meter and three-meter dives against the Sun Devils.
The Gophers and the Gators will both be looking to add that first lose to one another's record. After one competition a piece in the books for the 2013-14 season, each team has a list of top swimmers and divers that will be vying to add points to that final score on Saturday. Current top times/scores for the season match up as follows:
1 Meter Diving
3 Meter Diving